Located in Forest Park, across from the St. Louis Zoo, the art museum is one of the city’s famous landmarks. Home to over 30,000 works of art and visited by half a million people a year, the St. Louis Art Museum is one of the most popular landmarks in St. Louis. With works of art ranging from Africa to European to modern photography, along with rotating exhibits and other events, there is much to see and take part in at the museum. It is fair to say that there is something for everyone at the museum and something that each visitor will enjoy. The following are three reasons to visit the St. Louis Art Museum. The Drury Inn & Suites Near Forest Park is the closest hotel to the museum.
As stated above, the St. Louis Art Museum is home to over 30,000 works of art from around the world. The works range from ancient, Islamic, African, Asian, American and European to Modern, American Indian and photography. This wide ranging collection ensures that visitors are exposed to all of the art traditions of the world and come to understand how each part of the world expresses itself through art. At the same time, each of the works of art show visitors the mood of the time the work was made and the feelings of the artist who created the work in question.
Apart from the permanent collection, the museum hosts rotating exhibits that cover different topics related to art. These topics include photography, Napoleon, Japanese art and art from the middle ages. All of the rotating exhibits add to the museum’s quest to educate the public about how different people of different cultures and time periods expressed themselves through the use of art. In the case of the Napoleon exhibit, it showed how Napoleon used art to show his authority when he took control in France.
3) Educational/cultural events
Along with the permanent collection and rotating exhibits, the museum offers many educational and cultural related events. The educational events add to the museum’s mission of educating people (mainly elementary aged students) about art and how is was used over the years. At the same time, the Art Museum and the immediate area are home to different city cultural events. Two of these events are a movie night and an annual picnic on the lawn in front of the museum. Both of these events are free to the public and attract many people from St. Louis city and county.
In the end, the St. Louis Art Museum is a great place to learn about art and other cultures in a comfortable environment that is a non classroom setting. There is much for people to see and learn from in this amazing museum.